The Big Lebowski

This weekend I watched 'The Big Lebowski'. First of all, it was really funny and I was surprised by the quality of the script, the turns in what happened, the responses of the main characters and the atmosphere that was created in every scene. All was really well thought out and artfully constructed. Especially the scenes in which Dude was bowling and the bowling itself was emphasised. Bowling was filmed from almost all angles possible, even from the point of view from a bowling ball itself, giving a seemingly boring activity all the excitement and importance that it had to the main characters. Here are the introduction scenes that captured me straight away.

The Big Lebowski (clip3) - the Titling and the Bowling Alley, 1998, movie, viewed 9 September 2014, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qke0hOZPO4]

When doing the exercises and the assignments I found myself a bit impatient to draw the story boards and had more of the attitude of 'just wait and see when I'm filming'. It's an attitude I really have to overcome. When I read the following article, I was pointed even more at the importance of drawing everything out and thinking everything through. Funny enough the movie itself is a story of the most relaxed person I've ever seen, not planning at all, it doesn't breath at all that it was all so meticulously prepared!

"Anyone who's worked on a Coens set marvels at the attention to detail. Every camera angle is drawn out on a storyboard months before filming begins, first in extremely crude thumbnail sketches Ethan creates and later in more fleshed-out drawings by the Coens' longtime storyboard artist, J. Todd Anderson. Looking at them now, you see that a sketch of a relatively insignificant shot – like a close-up of Jesus, a rival bowler and sex offender, ringing the doorbell as he goes door-to-door telling his neighbors about his criminal history – matches the finished scene with perfect precision. "The Coens are the most fiscally responsible filmmakers that I've come across," says Finkelstein. "Whatever they tell you, you know you can take it to the bank. They're so precise in their vision and execution that it's just astounding."
"Everything in the script has intention to the point that it's rhythmic," Moore says. "I remember Ethan just coming up and giving a direction where he asked me to remove [a word]. Those are the kind of directions they would give because they have that much specificity."
 

Green, A 2008, 'The Big Lebowski: The Decade of the Dude', . Available from:.http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/the-big-lebowski-the-decade-of-the-dude-20080904#ixzz3CkYwEPvt, [Accessed on September 8, 2014]